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Artur Beterbiev-Isidro Prieto set for Dec. 23

Artur Beterbiev will be back in action for the holiday season. Rejoice!

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) has just been scheduled for his next fight where he'll take on Paraguay's Isidro Prieto (26-1-3, 22 KOs) on December 23 in Gatineau, Quebec. Promoter Yvon Michel of GYM released the following statement on the fight which was published by WBN:

"Depite the claims of some promoters and light heavyweight challengers," Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM president Yvon Michel said, "it's a fact that Artur Beterbiev is the most dangerous and biggest threat to all of the world light heavyweight champions All contenders for titles change their minds when it comes to getting in the same ring with him," said the president of GYM, Yvon Michel.

"Isidro Prieto is a fierce fighter who accepted the challenge, also believing he has the style to repel even the most courageous boxer. He is determined to make a name for himself December 23rd. We certainly admire his determination."

Beterbiev, although having only 10 fights under his belt, is already considered to be a legitimate world title contender and has something of a rivalry with titlist Sergey Kovalev whom he beat in the amateurs. If things go well, we could soon be seeing them face off again in the professional ranks.

In the meanwhile, Beterbiev is most recently coming off a fight in June where he mangled some greyhound named Ezequiel Maderna in four rounds. That actually isn't even meant to be a dig at Maderna, who was just the victim of a size, strength, and skill mismatch -- it's just how I remember the fight. Speaking of which, I'm not even sure that this fight against Prieto is all that much different, except that Prieto is actually a legitimate light heavyweight which could in and of itself make all difference -- yet I don't expect it to.

Prieto has currently won two straight fights by KO since dropping a unanimous decision to Eledier Alvarez last year. Prieto does have a puncher's record, though, with a 73 stoppage percentage, so perhaps this could be a fun fight after all. Or, ya know, maybe not...

What's your take on the fight?

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